Moments of anxiety in the 76ers camp as despite the win against the Bulls, the condition of Joel Embiid is causing concern. He played only 16 minutes due to a calf injury and recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists.
In the post-game interview, coach Doc Rivers provided important details about the condition of Embiid and the injury of James Harden (Achilles tendon). Here are his words:
We’ve gone to the playoffs two years in a row with injuries, and we all know that you don’t win in the playoffs when your key guys aren’t healthy. So, we’ll do everything possible to be healthy. No concern for Harden. There’s no reason to take any risksDoc Rivers
Later, the Sixers’ coach declared that he doesn’t have long-term concerns for both players and expects both to play in the next game for Philadelphia against the Golden State Warriors on Friday.
Joel Embiid himself also spoke to the press after the game, focusing on the goals of these last games of the regular season before the playoffs.
We have already clinched the playoffs, it’s just a matter of making sure we’re healthy for their start. If I feel good, of course, I want to play, but if it’s not good, then we’ll take care of itJoel Embiid
The Sixers will now travel west for a three-game trip, starting with the match against the Warriors on Friday, followed by the Phoenix Suns on Saturday and the Denver Nuggets on Monday.